Half of almost 1,000 automotive industry decision-makers surveyed in Europe, Asia, and the Americas believe battery electric vehicles are the No. 1 trend in their sector, up from the No. 3 spot in 2016 (and up from the No. 9 spot in 2015), according to KPMG’s Global Automotive Executive Survey 2017. Fuel cell EVs ranked as the No. 3 trend in the current survey; and hybrid electric vehicles were No. 4.
Is there any question the future of transportation is electric?
To support the growing demand for more efficient EVs that squeeze out more miles per charge, STANLEY® Engineered Fastening works with original equipment manufacturers to develop fastener and assembly solutions that complement electric car manufacturing distinctions, such as replacing steel fasteners with lighter aluminum ones; developing self-piercing rivets; and perfecting stud welding.
The Engineered Fastening division of Stanley Black & Decker continues in partnership with OEMs to search for solutions and help meet their goals for safety, efficiency, and weight.
"To reduce the weight of cabling, a major component of a vehicle’s wire harness, manufacturers want to switch from standard 24V cable connections to bus cables, which are much smaller, lighter in weight, and faster,” says Vahid Amirzadeh, European senior product manager for STANLEY® Assembly Technology.
In addition to lightweighting, providing better solutions for electrical grounding has become more critical in EVs and autonomous vehicles.
When your lightbulb in the interior doesn’t work anymore, it’s not nice, but you will survive. When the electricity for your EV is malfunctioning, or the radar in an autonomous vehicle doesn’t work all of a sudden, what will happen then?— Rupert BeckerDirector of Global Product Line Management, AutomotiveGrounding is important because electric current won’t flow unless it has a path to return to its source.
STANLEY® Engineered Fastening, Linden Germany
In older vehicles with metal frames and steel bodies, components were bolted together with very little insulating material separating them, so there were adequate paths to ground.
In new vehicles, however, there is much more insulation between components and the chassis than in the past, and bodies are made of a combination of conductive, poorly conductive, and non-conductive materials. In addition, consumers want more and more accessories that require electric power. These changes make grounding both more challenging and, in many cases, far more important.
“When your lightbulb in the interior doesn’t work anymore, it’s not nice, but you will survive,” says Rupert Becker, director of Global Product Line Management - Automotive for STANLEY® Engineered Fastening in Linden, Germany. “When your electricity for the EV is malfunctioning, or your radar in an autonomous vehicle doesn’t work all of a sudden, what will happen then?”
STANLEY® Engineered Fastening developed a special grounding stud solution in the 1970s that has today become one of the leading solutions for steel, aluminum, and mixed-material car bodies, and has been established as a standard at various global OEM’s such as FCA, NIO, Daimler, Renault, and many others.
So, let the electrons flow. When it comes to safety, efficiency, and lighter weight in EVs, STANLEY® Engineered Fastening has the knowledge and expertise to meet the challenge.